It’s August of 2014. Buckeyes quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Braxton Miller is lost for the season with an injured shoulder. Flash forward to November of that same year, J.T. Barrett (finishes 5th in Heisman voting) goes down with a broken ankle. Cardale Jones is thrust into the spotlight to preserve the win against Michigan. He then starts an improbable run with wins against Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship), Alabama (playoff semifinals) and Oregon (National Championship).
It’s rare enough that three quarterbacks are depended on during the season. Yet, this trio proved that despite battling injuries at the quarterback position, high-level college football programs can win championship caliber games.
That group also proved the value of stockpiling plenty of natural talent at the position, no matter who is or isn’t starting.
Not surprisingly, it is a pattern that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has figured out over the past few recruiting cycles and it is continuing to this very day.
The 2015 recruiting class for Ohio State include two stud quarterbacks. Joe Burrows (6-3, 198), an Ohio Mr. Football, threw for over 11,400 yards and 157 touchdowns in his high school career. He also rushed for over 2,000 yards with 27 touchdowns.
Burrows is currently the back-up to J.T. Barrett based on his play in the Spring Game plus the season-ending injury to Stephen Collier.
Torrance Gibson (6-4, 205), the other quarterback to come to Columbus is also a wide receiver. Gibson made his way north from Florida after his high school career in which he threw for over 4,000 yards and 44 touchdowns while rushing for 2,275 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Dwayne Haskins (6-3, 198) a former Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, is the lone quarterback for the 2016 class. Haskins is a top 5 pro-rated QB in 2016, after a prep career that includes 5,308 yards through the air with 54 TDs.
The current No. 1-ranked recruiting class for 2017 in the nation has had Danny Clark (6-4, 223) committed to the Buckeyes since 2013. Clark is currently listed as fifteenth best pro-style QB per 247Sports composite rankings and fourteenth best player in the state of Ohio.
But, things got really interesting late last night, as the Buckeyes received a commitment from the nation’s top ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class.
Tate Martell (5-10.5, 203) took to twitter announcing his decision to wear the scarlet and gray.
I'm excited to announce that I
have officially committed to
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY! pic.twitter.com/fWpD7hcZ13
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 13, 2016
Martell has said before that Ohio State was his dream school. Being the QB for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)– he hasn’t lost a game– leading the Gaels on back to back national championship runs.
One thing we know is that even though Urban Meyer knows how to evaluate talent nearly better than anyone in the country–he and his coaching staff also understand nothing is guaranteed. Being proactive, while stockpiling talented quarterbacks, increases the probability of having success.
Winning three national championships proves that Meyer certainly knows what he is doing…even if outsiders see this as wasting talent on the bench for four years.